Archive for month: August, 2016

Beyonce slays at MTV VMAs with 16-minute performance

NEW YORK (AP) -- Beyonce owned the MTV Video Music Awards - like she did in 2014 - with a 16-minute performance featuring her recent hits from "Lemonade," working various stages with strong, layered vocals, skilled dance moves and even an outfit change - all as the audience watched in awe and cheered her on. Queen B kicked of her strong set with "Pray You Catch Me" as blue lights beamed onstage. She was wearing white, but later stripped down to a black leotard with full sleeves as Read more [...]

‘Game of Thrones’ composer creating ‘Gears of War 4’ score

28 Aug 2016 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The composer for "Game of Thrones" is swapping the sword-filled realm of Westeros for the monster-plagued world of Sera. Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Ramin Djawadi has crafted the score for "Gears of War 4," the forthcoming fifth installment in the action-shooter series for Xbox One and PC. The prolific film and TV composer says he put his own spin on the game's soundtrack while remaining faithful to the nearly decade-old "Gears" series. "Obviously, I wanted to make Read more [...]

WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

28 Aug 2016 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook based on WhatsApp information - although not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift for WhatsApp, used by more than 1 billion people around the world. When it was acquired by Facebook for Read more [...]

Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality

28 Aug 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality - in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park. The 11-minute VR video , narrated by Obama, is one part paean to the wonders of America's national parks and one part warning of the threat posed by climate change. It's also a testament to how powerful VR can be when done right. National Geographic joined Facebook's Read more [...]

Oldest floating US post office scrapes rock, runs aground

28 Aug 2016 0 Comments
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) -- Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night could stop a U.S. mail boat - and then it ran aground in New Hampshire. The U.S. Mail Boat Sophie C. is the oldest floating post office in the United States. Officials say it ran aground Friday in Lake Winnipesaukee. They say it scraped a rock near Loon Island and was stuck briefly but didn't suffer major damage. WMUR-TV ( ) reports three passengers were safely removed from the combination Read more [...]

Welcome to the fourth grade: Teacher’s rap targets students

28 Aug 2016 0 Comments
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) -- A new teacher who made a music video to welcome his students has become a bit of a star with his fourth-graders. Dwayne Reed's video was posted on YouTube this week and has already been viewed more than a half-million times and earned him an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America." The 25-year-old Reed just began teaching at Stenson Elementary School in the Chicago suburb of Skokie. In his video, Reed wears a lab coat and sings, "Welcome to the fourth grade. Read more [...]

Woman admits crickets, worms spilling on subway was a stunt

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman who caused chaos aboard a subway train by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was all a prank. Zaida Pugh tells the New York Post ( ) she had the episode videotaped "to show what homeless people go through." The NYPD says it's still looking into whether Wednesday's incident was staged and whether Pugh and the woman on the train are the same person. If so, she could face charges. Pugh told the Post on Friday that a friend Read more [...]

Jesse Metcalfe revels in real-life romance, music on TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jesse Metcalfe is stretching himself artistically as a musician and, on the side, as a jewelry designer. When he proposed to actress Cara Santana this month on a sailboat in New York's Hudson River, the diamond ring he slipped on her finger was one he helped create. The couple have been together for a decade. "Don't they say it's a carat for every year you're together?" Metcalfe said. "I couldn't quite afford that, but I think I did pretty well." Their engagement Read more [...]

Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25. Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, said Friday. Ritvo was diagnosed at 16 with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects bones and soft tissue in children and young adults. Treatment brought about a remission that permitted Ritvo to finish high school and attend Read more [...]

Nate Parker talks male privilege, consent in new interview

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nate Parker, the actor-director dealing with a 17-year-old rape case casting a storm over his new film and career, opened up about the incident in a new interview. Parker spoke about understanding his male privilege and the definition of consent in a lengthy interview Friday with Ebony magazine in Los Angeles. Earlier this month, the Hollywood trade press began to run stories about a 1999 rape allegation made against Parker when he was a student at Penn State University. Read more [...]
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